Apple gives 10-episode series order to Octavia Spencer drama ‘Are You Sleeping’

“Apple has given a series pickup to the Octavia Spencer starrer ‘Are You Sleeping,’ from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and Chernin Entertainment/Endeavor Content,” Cynthia Littleton reports for Variety.

“The drama will examine the nation’s long-held obsession with true-crime stories and the recent boom in podcasts dedicated to probing unsolved and disputed cases,” Littleton reports. “Apple has ordered 10 episodes.”

“‘Are You Sleeping’ is based on the novel of the same name by Kathleen Barber, which questions the consequences when crime-solving plays out on a public stage,” Littleton reports. “Spencer is a three-time Oscar nominee who won the supporting actress trophy for 2011’s ‘The Help.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Sounds like a potential winner, not to mention much easier to bang out episodes of this than Asimov’s Foundation, a TV series adaptation that will prove to be very interesting for everyone involved from writers to the viewers.

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  1. I don’t like the idea of Apple becoming the next content producer. If they execute this with the same speed as the MacPro updates it will take longer than I live.

    Also, there is no need, we have Netflix, Amazon Prime, Tons more. Apple should focus on products and services. Enough work for them.

    1. Unlikely to happen as long as new innovations are made to differentiate major player’s media formats from each other. Formats will basically specialize in one of file size, compression integrity, or video/audio fidelity. Each format fitting distinct niches such as local storage vs streaming, playback HW resolution, and audio tech support (Atmos, etc.).

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